ROMANO GUARDINI PRIZE: TO BE AWARDED TO CZECH PHILOSOPHER TOMAS KALIK ON 27 SEPTEMBER

TomᚠHalík, Czech philosopher and theologian and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, will be the recipient of the 2010 Romano Guardini Prize of the Catholic Academy in Bavaria, Germany, for his "outstanding merits in interpreting contemporary society". The prize, named after the Italian-German philosopher and theologian Romano Guardini (1885-1968) who had among his disciples even Joseph Ratzinger, is granted every other year. In the past, it has already been awarded to Werner Heisenberg, a physicist and Nobel Prize laureate; Richard von Weiszäcker, former German President; Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar, theologians; Karl Orff and Krysztof Penderecki, composers; and Cardinal Franz König. The prize will be delivered on 27th September in Munich. Laudatio will be presented by Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. During the ceremony, Halík, who teaches philosophy and sociology of religion at Charles University in Prague and has been the President of the Czech Christian Academy since 1990, will deliver a speech on "The power over power". An active member of religious and cultural dissent during Communism, Halík was appointed by Pope John Paul II as an advisor to the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers in 1992. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI granted him the title of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness. ” “” “” “

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